Well, that is a mouth full. But, I promise, worth every syllable and word once you make it.
How's life? It's Thanksgiving next week and I just heard my first Christmas song on the radio as I type this. I don't hate it.
As a healthy living enthusiast and and Holistic Health Coach, I feel it's my duty to give you those wellness hacks. The ones that keep you feeling good, when the feasts begin, the booze is flowing, and the parties run a little later. Oh, and it's cold. I want to keep you warm. Next post!
Kabocha squash. Have you heard of it? TASTED IT?! It's delicious. The great thing about all the squashes this season are the subtle differences and versatility. (Except for spaghetti squash, you pretty much get the same deal -- a beautiful, orange flesh, easy to puree and pleasurably sweet.
I chose to use Kabocha for this recipe. It was actually my first time and it came out pretty damn good. This squash is particularly a bit sweeter with a consitency more like pumpkin; easily mashed or pureed. The perks of this recipe are the simple production, playful use of herbs and your choice of enjoying it mashed, chunky or pureed!
Perfect freshly made and warm, or some hearty leftovers. On a piece of sourdough toast...Heaven.
Rosemary Pistachio Kabocha and Balsamic Reduction
- 1 medium/large kabocha squash
- 3 sprigs rosemary(tarragon or oregano work as well!)
- 1 cup pistachios (roughly chopped)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Cut squash into 1/8, wedged. Spread on baking sheet and dress with oil (I use grapeseed) and salt to taste. Roast for one hour, turning just once to ensure caramelization. Once done, take out and let completely cool. This is to ensure squash stays together for easy preparation.
In a medium sauce pan, bring vinegar to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to about medium, keeping the vinegar to a high simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn off once reduced and slightly thicker.
Once squash cooled, peel skin and chop into large cubes. It's okay if it's soft and fall apart a bit. Transfers straight into bowl. Add rosemary, chopped pistachios, and olive oil. Toss adding salt and pepper to taste. Using a spoon drizzle reduction over squash. Serve!